Exciting changes for 2019/20
I am pleased to announce, or perhaps reannounce, that we will be introducing an innovative steam and computational thinking course next year. STEAM is a multidisciplinary approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, art and maths that integrates these distinct disciplines into a project based approach that aims to apply this learning to solving real-life problems. This course will last for one semester. The next course will be called computational thinking and will also be obligatory for all students. This course will be based largely on coding although we are looking to keep it sufficiently general to be able to apply to a range of different programming languages. Additionally, we will be ensuring that all students need to take an art elective - choosing from either Visual Arts, Drama, Band, or Choir. We also continue to have an extended period of advisory on a Wednesday which will be used for service learning and project such as the sustainability fair that is happening in the last week of school.
As with any change, this requires difficult decisions to be taken and prioritisation. One of the implications of this is that Model United Nations will need to be moved to become an after-school activity and I hope to increase the status and importance it has in the school, not reduce it. We are planning another international conference for 2019/20 and I want to open up the application to 6th graders to be able to participate, something that is not possible in the current format.
No Celebration of Learning this Year
As many of you will know, last year the decision was taken replace the awards ceremony with an inclusive celebration of learning. This year, we took the decision to place the celebration on hold and instead have a sustainability carnival. We are looking forward to celebrating sustainability at the end of the year for all students!